Feb 8, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) defends against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 94-89. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: 2014′s Most Overrated Free Agent

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The key to selecting the most overrated NBA Free Agency signing from the 2014 class is to be original and to not play to the public. Everyone is in play.

E-v-e-r-y-o-n-e.

Drum Roll please!

Exactly one year from now, 2014’s most overrated free agent signing will be none other than……..

LeBron James.

Okay, okay, I’m joking … clearly.

I think the easy choice is Gordon Hayward.

Especially now that he’s been matched by the Jazz for his $63 million max deal. He’s been Utah’s go-to guy for the last couple seasons now and, even then, his shooting percentages have decreased each season.

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He’s a very good player in this league, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve yet to see if he’s a max level player. He’s got some better pieces around him now so we’ll see how his game adjusts accordingly.

Now the controversial pick would be Lance Stephenson. Let me be the first to tell you how big of a Lance fan I am. Huge fan. Love his game. But the biggest question is how much of that success (14 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game) is because he was a member of a really good Indiana Pacers squad?

UPDATE:

Stephenson has since signed a three year, $27M deal with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. The deal has a team option on the third year, which applies added pressure for him to step up his game and show he’s worth the investment. I’m hoping he won’t blow this opportunity like he blows in LeBron James’ ear.

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  • CBake7

    I disagree, though I do think the worth that this league put on Gordon Hayward is too high. Since your article bases “overrated” on max deals, I’d have to say Bosh is at the top of the list. He is very talented but not worthy of that ridiculous contract that Miami gave him, at this stage of his career.

    • Michael Saenz

      I think, for both cases, we have to take a “wait and see” approach. For the state of the argument, though, it’s entirely possible to believe Bosh got wayyyy too much money.

      However, I really believe that Bosh can/will average around 20 and 10 with LeBron out of the equation. The offense will now go through him. He’ll be in a position to succeed. It’s on him now.

      • http://jarmstrongsports.wordpress.com John Armstrong

        I agree with the wait and see. Who knows? Hayward could be inspired by his contract and turn into an All Star. Or he could totally flop. Same goes for Lance-a-lot. OR anyone for that matter. I think Bosh is a max guy and isn’t really all that bad of a contract.

    • http://jarmstrongsports.wordpress.com John Armstrong

      I can understand your point of view, and his role on Miami for the last four years definitely supports your claim. I’m thinking if he can get anywhere close to Toronto Bosh, the contract will make a bit more sense. That is a hefty price tag, but with Wade taking a pay cut, I don’t think the impact is all that great.

      Thanks for reading sharing your thoughts!

  • Mike

    I think the most overrated are the so called sports writers that keep pounding this subject into the ground. Damn you would think the money is coming out of your pocket. Go write about soccer

    • http://jarmstrongsports.wordpress.com John Armstrong

      I’d write about soccer if I knew anything about it. Speculation is part of the fun.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!